Mystery over the death of 7 horses in the US Kentucky Derby

The death of seven horsessome still for unknown reasons, during the week of the famous Kentucky Derby in the United Stateshas the equestrian world in suspense and raised questions about health and animal care in these types of competitions.

The ultimate victory of Venezuelan jockey Javier Castellano with the horse Mage in the 149th running of the Derby was marred by the deaths of seven horses over the course of Kentucky Derby week.

From Saturday April 29, the opening of Derby week, to Saturday May 6, the day of the big race, seven equines died including four (Wild on Ice, Take Charge Briana, Freezing Point and Chloe’s Dream) who suffered serious injuries and were euthanized. One more (Code of Kings) was euthanized after breaking his neck.

On the other hand, two horses (Parents Pride and Chasing Artie) died suddenly and of causes still unknownwhich led the organization of the race to suspend the trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., who was in charge of these two animals.

Amid the accusations, the Kentucky Derby organization He issued a statement in which he showed his “greatest sadness” for these deaths and in which he assured that his “commitment to the health and well-being” of equines is “unwavering.”

“Horse deaths are a sobering reminder of the urgent need to mobilize our industry to explore every possible avenue to effectively minimize any avoidable risk in this sport,” the statement said announcing a investigation into each of the deaths.

“We all want what’s best for horses. Although we believe these incidents are anomaliesare unacceptable and we remain firm in our commitment to security and integrity,” the authorities shielded themselves.

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For its part, the renowned animal rights organization PETA (Persons for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), defined Churchill Downs in a press release as a “death camp” and called for “the closure of the track” so that “stronger” horse protection protocols can be implemented.

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